Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hat of the Week: 'Napoleon' Straw

I'm kind of obsessed with this crazy straw hat. In back it's a simple cap, but the front cocks up, reminiscent of a Napoleonic bicorn. Navy straw braid, with spiral sewn construction. Navy and pink ribbon trim. Makes me want to buy one of those special straw braid sewing machines!

The owner guessed that it was from the 1920s, but in all my years buying & selling vintage I've never seen anything quite like it, so I'm not sure either. However, something about the shape of the cap section, and the fact that it has a thin elastic to hold it on, says late 1930s or early 1940s to me.

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